Alexander And Kline Give Statement On Student Loan Interest Rate Report

Friday, January 31, 2014

Senator Lamar Alexander and House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-Mn.) issued the following joint statement after the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report on federal student loan interest rates:

“Today’s GAO report makes it clear that Congress was exactly right to tie student loan interest rates to market rates, because that is the fairest way to ensure the loans don’t overcharge either students or taxpayers. The Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act cut interest rates for undergraduate loans nearly in half and made all student loans cheaper, simpler and more certain.”

The Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act (also known as the Smarter Solutions for Students Act) included a provision directing the GAO to provide information on issues related to the cost of federal student loans. Specifically, the report was intended to help members of Congress determine whether there was an ideal federal student loan interest rate that would ensure the government could cover Direct Loan costs without generating excess revenue. To read the full report, entitled “Borrower Interest Rates Cannot Be Set in Advance to Precisely and Consistently Balance Federal Revenues and Costs,” click here.

UTC Physical Therapy Faculty Members Win National Recognition

Two University of Tennessee Chattanooga faculty members in the Department of Physical Therapy are recipients of national awards from the American Physical Therapy Association. Dr. June Hanks, associate professor in physical therapy, was given the Humanitarian Award, the first year the prize has been offered. According to the APTA website, the award “honors individuals who exemplify ... (click for more)

CSCC To Host Nursing Information Session March 26

The Cleveland State Community College Nursing Information Session scheduled for yesterday at 5 p.m. was cancelled due to the possibility of inclement weather. It has been rescheduled for Monday, March 26 at 5 p.m. in the George R. Johnson Cultural Heritage Center.  Representatives from the CSCC nursing department, financial aid, admissions and the student nurses association ... (click for more)

City May Make It Easier For Food Trucks To Operate In Chattanooga

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Magistrate Says She Was Fired Because Philyaw Did Not Want To Be Seen With Someone Openly Gay

A former magistrate at Juvenile Court said she was fired because Judge Rob Philyaw and Court Administrator Sam Mairs "wanted me gone because I was openly gay." County Attorney Rheubin Taylor said Elizabeth Gentzler was not the only gay at Juvenile Court and Hamilton County government, indicating that may be part of the county's defense. Attorney Stuart James, representing Ms. ... (click for more)

The Panhandling "Tax" On Gunbarrel

I’ve been reading about the panhandling problem in downtown; it is a huge problem in the Gunbarrel area, too.  It’s commonplace to be accosted by panhandlers when walking from your parked car into a commercial establishment.  And often they are aggressive.  I look carefully around my car before getting out, but sometimes someone will be lurking in between cars and ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Sheriff’s Request

Jim Hammond will talk to members of the Hamilton County School Board on Thursday afternoon and, just like any police officer in the United States, he will request that everybody “stay in their own lane.” Some school board members tend to believe they need to help decide the best methods of protecting our children. They believe this is one of the things they were elected to do in ... (click for more)